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Men’s basketball: No. 2 Wichita State routs Missouri State to stay perfect
First Published Mar 01 2014 09:57 pm • Last Updated Mar 01 2014 11:57 pm

Wichita, Kan. • Wichita State will carry its pursuit of perfection into the Missouri Valley tournament.

Cleanthony Early scored 19 points, Ron Baker added 13 and the second-ranked Shockers rolled to a 68-45 victory over Missouri State on Saturday, easily putting away a team that had given them fits this season.

At a glance

Saturday’s scores

» No. 1 Florida 79, LSU 61

» No. 2 Wichita State 68, Missouri State 45

» No. 12 Virginia 76, No. 4 Syracuse 56

» Oklahoma St. 72, No. 5 Kansas 65

» No. 21 Memphis 72, No. 7 Louisville 66

» Xavier 75, No. 9 Creighton 69

» VCU 67, No. 10 Saint Louis 56

» Connecticut 51, No. 11 Cincinnati 45

» No. 13 San Diego State at Fresno State, late

» Kansas St. 80, No. 15 Iowa St. 73

» No. 16 Michigan 66, Minnesota 56

» South Carolina 72, No. 17 Kentucky 67

» Illinois 53, No. 18 Michigan State 46

» No. 19 North Carolina 60, Virginia Tech 56

» No. 23 SMU 70, UCF 55

» Oklahoma 77, No. 24 Texas 65

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Relying on the same stubborn defense that carried it on last year’s improbable March run, Wichita State (31-0, 18-0) became the first team since Saint Joseph’s in 2004 to enter its league tournament unbeaten. The Shockers will have a first-round bye in St. Louis next week.

Missouri State (19-11, 9-9) had them in trouble when they met Jan. 11 in Springfield, Mo., but the Bears blew a 19-point second-half lead and ultimately lost 72-69 in overtime.

They never came close to making it a game Saturday, trailing by double-digits in the opening minutes.

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